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Councillors give Gadkari’s meet to redress grievances the miss

Senior party leaders were concerned over the number of councillors who attended the meet.

Half of the councillors gave the crucial meet called by the BJP’s Delhi election in-charge and former national president Nitin Gadkari the miss on Wednesday.

With the threat of disgruntled councillors working against the party looming large,Gadkari had called the meeting to “listen to” and “redress” the grievances of those who did not get tickets.

Though the meet was called by Gadkari to seek the support of the councillors for candidates nominated by the party in their Assembly constituencies,the anger among the councillors over the method of selection of candidates exposed the fissures in the party’s support base in the run-up to the elections.

Senior party leaders were concerned over the number of councillors who attended the meet. “The thin number that turned up for the meet is an indication for the senior leadership of the party that all is not well. Now,they are losing the command and respect of ground workers. False promises and assurances to many have also shaken their trust in the central leadership,” a councillor said.

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The councillors reportedly quizzed Gadkari about his surveys. They reportedly questioned him on the results of the surveys and why the leading candidates in the surveys were ignored during ticket distribution. Braving the questions,Gadkari tried to empathise with them as the councillors demanded answers.

In a bid to pacify them,Gadkari told the councillors that even he did not get a ‘crucial’ post in the party despite no proof to substantiate allegations levied against him.

Not missing the chance to voice his regret for not been given the post he wanted,the party’s Delhi unit president Vijay Goel,who wanted to be the chief ministerial candidate,said,“Look at me,I too did not get what I wanted… why go far,” he reportedly told the councillors at which the hall burst into laughter.

Asked what transpired at the meeting,a councillor said everyone expressed “dissatisfaction” with the list. “We told Gadkari that he had promised a fair selection of candidates and had claimed that tickets will be distributed based on survey results whereas tickets were given to those who were seen failing in the surveys. To which Gadkari told the audience that those elected councillors demand posts of chairman and mayor,mayors demand MLA tickets,MLAs demand higher posts…,” a councillor present at the meeting said.